Fire damage creates hiking risk
The state will reopen the Kula Forest Reserve, including Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area, to hiking, hunting and other recreational activity tomorrow.
But because burned areas are still fragile, it is mandatory that people stay on marked trails and roads for their own safety, said Laura H. Thielen, state Department of Land and Natural Resources interim director.
A wildfire burned more than 2,300 acres of the reserve between Jan. 23 and Feb. 5.
The department cleared trail and road corridors of burned trees that fell or were potentially hazardous. It has also hired a contractor to install about five miles of fencing along the makai boundaries to keep out cattle and goats.
The next step is to prepare the land for reforestation that is scheduled to begin in mid-November.
'Ice' seller gets 10-year sentence
HILO » A Big Island woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling 1.9 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover police officer in 2004.
Brooke Davis of Hilo was convicted of second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug.
Davis, 31, was also sentenced to five years in prison for improperly receiving more than $6,000 in welfare benefits from the state. The two sentences are to run concurrently.
Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Jay Kimura says Davis acted improperly because she failed to inform the state that she was wanted in Oregon in a drug case when she asked for the benefits.
Kimura says Davis must repay the money to the state.
Group to hold bone marrow drive
The Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry will be holding bone marrow drives across the state during September.
The registry is using a buccal swab technique, which swabs cheek cells inside the mouth to send off to the National Marrow Donor Program repository for testing.
Donors must be between 18 and 60 and in good health. The following drives have been scheduled:
» Tomorrow: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Okinawan Festival at the Kapiolani Park bandstand
» Thursday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coconut Grove, 75-5811 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona
» Sept. 15: 8 a.m. to noon at the Palolo Pride Heath Fair, 2007 Palolo Ave.
For more information, call 547-6154.
Expect busy Labor Day airports
Travelers are reminded that the state's airports will be busy and parking space will be limited this Labor Day weekend.
While additional parking will be available at all airports, travelers are still asked to be dropped off or picked up, or use other means of transportation like taxis or shuttles.
» Honolulu Airport: Valet parking services are available in the interisland terminal at the second-level center median between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. Valet rates are $10 per day. If all spaces are filled, security will direct vehicles to an overflow lot on Aolewa Street.
» Kahului Airport in Maui: Additional parking will be at the Aalele Street overflow lot. Emergency parking will be in Lot S.
» Kona Airport: Overflow lots will be on Paoo Street, next to the employee parking lot. If necessary, Uu Street will be opened for parking.
» Hilo Airport: Additional spaces will be available in the grass lots located on both ends of the airport terminal parking lot.
» Lihue Airport: Additional spaces will be at the overflow lots at both ends of the terminal.
Police, Fire, Courts
Pedestrian dies after car accident
A 26-year-old Kalihi man died yesterday afternoon at the Queen's Medical Center from critical injuries he received after being hit by a car early yesterday morning.
The Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as Person Waguk.
Police said Waguk was "staggering" on North King Street just Ewa of Palama Street at about 1:40 a.m. when he was hit by a 2006 BMW that was traveling in the Koko Head direction.
Police said the car was in the center lane when it hit the victim.
The victim was taken in critical condition to the Queen's Medical Center, where he died at 1:35 p.m. yesterday.
Police said speed was not a factor in the accident, and they are investigating whether alcohol played a role.
Man alleges slash attack
A 50-year-old woman was arrested in Kakaako early yesterday morning after she allegedly slashed with a knife a 59-year-old man she had been sleeping with.
Police said the couple was sleeping in their van when the woman woke him, and the two started arguing.
The woman became angry and allegedly slashed him on the arm with a knife.
The man got out of the van and went to a nearby business and asked for help.
Police arrived and arrested the woman on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Man busted after girls tell of abuse
Police arrested a 30-year-old Waipahu man who allegedly sexually assaulted two girls, ages 14 and 9.
The girls reported to their mother that they were sexually assaulted on July 24, and prior dates, at their Waipahu home. The suspect is known by the victims, police said.
Police arrested the man Wednesday on suspicion of first- and third-degree sexual assault.